a level of resources, unity, or support for its existing disciplines, about whom it is presumably already very knowledgeable and invested relative to those of the WFTDA.”
The last sentence of the letter effectively spells out the ultimate intentions of the WFTDA: Do what it needs to do to gain international recognition as the governing body for roller derby worldwide.
Certainly, the WFTDA has been doing its part. Over the last ten years, the WFTDA has led the explosion of flat track roller derby to over 400 affiliated member leagues in more than 20 countries. The #MRDA, brother association to the WFTDA for men’s roller derby, has more than 60 member leagues in several countries thanks in part to the WFTDA.1
The WFTDA, reaffirming its claim as the sole governing body for roller derby worldwide, recently published an open letter to the International Olympic Committee seeking official recognition as such. The WFTDA also published a response to the Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports, rejecting their nascent claim to international roller derby governance.